‘Cold Shutdown’ In Japan: Japan Has Still ‘No Knowledge Of Where The Melted Fuel Lies And In What State’

Fukushima plant situation ‘volatile,’ a year after cold shutdown declared (The Asahi Shimbun, Dec 18, 2012):

But Fumiya Tanabe, a former chief research scientist at the now-defunct Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, said persistent danger surrounds the plant’s reactors.

“Despite the (officially declared) cold shutdowns of the reactors, the cooling functions have been maintained there with no knowledge of where the melted fuel lies and in what state,” Tanabe said. “There is a risk of unforeseen circumstances arising if another major earthquake hits.”

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